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A monster-fied Chevy

RIDE OF THE WEEK: 1994 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500

A unique truck owned by Pete Recek of Nanticoke is this week’s ride. It’s a 1994 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck. The Silverado (along with its GMC counterpart the Sierra) is the full-size pickup truck offered by General Motors.

Full-size truck sales have long been the backbone of the American automobile industry, and since the late 1950s this segment has basically been a battle between Chevy and Ford. Through the first half 2008, it was the second largest volume vehicle in terms of sales in the United States, behind the Ford F-series pickup truck (231,320 Silverados compared to 273,713 Ford F-series). From 1975 through 1999, the Silverado name was used as the model name for the higher-level versions of the Chevy C/K pickup truck. In 2000, since it was basically known as the Silverado anyway, GM officially changed the name of the truck to that.

The pickup comes with a 5.7-liter, 210-horsepower, 8-cylinder engine. The engine placed in Chevy’s Silverado and GMC’s Sierras is the truck version of GM’s famous 350-cubic-inch V-8 engine, used in the more powerful GM cars.

The Silverado also has a 4-speed automatic transmission. This combination gives the truck a towing capacity of about 7,500 pounds and a cargo capacity of 1,736 pounds.

The truck’s interior is more car-like. It features front high-back bucket seats around a console with a storage space and cup-holder tray. Controls for the mirror, door and window are built into the door’s armrest, plus there’s also a six-way driver’s seat. The truck has an extended cab and bed liner.

Recek’s Silverado has a maroon exterior with aluminum accents, like the exhaust pipe, and he added the black grille and fog lamps. Other accessories Recek made are lights with Chevrolet logos on top of the truck and some Chevrolet bowtie logos to the driver and passenger side mirrors. The company’s slogan “Chevy like a rock” is also emblazoned across the front of the truck.

The most unique aspect of Recek’s truck, however, is clearly seen in the Silverado’s picture. He’s given his 1994 Silverado 16 inches of lift and has it riding on tires that are a whopping 42 inches. Recek has taken what was a normal, run-of-the-mill pickup and turned it into a “monster” performer.

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